BATON ROUGE, La. — Don’t plan on a preseason sprained ankle slowing down Leonard Fournette this season. LSU coach Les Miles said the best is yet to come for the star running back not for physical reasons, but strength of mind.
“I think it’s a mentality,” Miles said Wednesday night at his first radio show of the season. “(A mentality) that says, ‘There are more yards in that rush. I can make a great cut. A decisive catch on that route.’ (It is) a want to be special. That’s Leonard Fournette.”
Fournette already has done plenty on the field for the Tigers in two seasons, ranking fourth in a rich program history at running back with 2,987 career rushing yards. Last year, he set LSU’s single-season record with 1,953 yards despite having the season opener against McNeese State wiped from the schedule because of an unrelenting lightning storm.
Realistically, there are only two college career goals still in front of him this season — the Heisman Trophy and the national championship trophy.
Physically, Fournette still needs to work back into game shape after getting out of a walking boot at the start of this week.
Mentally, it would seem, he’s already there.